The VIN is a US type, so I might assume that the car was originally a Diplomatic or Military sale to RT Freere, who was an American stationed over here, fancied an Elan, bought one directly from the factory and took it back home with him, thus ensuring the tax-free status was retained for his purchase. It clearly then came back to the UK, perhaps because it was sold back into the UK as it may have always been RHD, or because Freere was posted back to the UK himself and decided to re-register from US diplomatic to UK status.
Its a theory, anyway!
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There was never any indication that the car was ever anything but RHD (& it was stripped down to every last nut & bolt - & the original gel coat - when I restored it 30 years ago)
All those years ago it was of course possible to get information on all previous owners from Swansea, & I must have these papers in one of the many files in my storeroom (all the bills / receipts / history etc etc) It's never occurred to me before but there might be a clue in the first record. I will have to dust off the early files & have a look!
It would be nice to confirm this early history if at all possible.
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